New Music Friday with Mike – February 28

New Releases this “New Music Friday” comes from Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Jhene Aiko, and more.

Happy Friday, everybody! We’ve not only made it through another week but the end of the month. This is the last Friday in February! We had some excellent music released today and honestly the perfect way to close out February, so let’s dive in.

“The Other Side” (feat. SZA) – Justin Timberlake

Screenshot of tweet from @jtimberlake on twitter announcing new song “The Other Side”

On Wednesday, February 26, Justin Timberlake dropped not only a new song but a new music video for “The Other Side” which is the first single to be featured on the upcoming “Trolls World Tour” movie. Justin tweeted on February 26 “TURN THIS UP @sza” which was a small clip of the music video. The music video is giving me so many throwback vibes and I’m here for it. It pays tribute to Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream, Missy Elliot’s “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)) and TLC’s “No Scrubs” Check out the music video for “The Other Side” below, stream “The Other Side” on all streaming platforms, and check out “Trolls World Tour” in theatres on April 17, 2020.

Screenshot of YouTube Music Video for “The Other Side” feat SZA by Justin Timberlake

“Stupid Love” – Lady GaGa

Screenshot of Tweet from @ladygaga announcing the release of
“Stupid Love” song & music video

She’s back everyone and couldn’t be more excited. The singer tweeted “Stupid Love” new single & Music Video Out Now #StupidLove #ShotOniPhone”. The video shot entirely on an iPhone 11 Pro, similar to what Selena Gomez did her for her song “Lose You to Love Me” and “Look at her Now”.

GaGa’s music video is a futuristic type battle taking place in the desert with some power choreography. The music video opens with a message that reads “The world rots in conflict. May tribes battle for dominance. While the spiritual ones pray and sleep for peace, the Kindness punks fight for chromatica.”

My favorite lyric from “Stupid Love” is “Gotta quit this crying/Nobody’s gonna heal me if I don’t open the door.” No word yet on a new album, but could the new album be titled “Chromatica”? We’ll have to wait and see. Check out the music video for “Stupid Love” below and stream it on all streaming services.

Screenshot of Lady Gaga Music Video for “Stupid Love” from YouTube.

“Happiness Over Everything” (feat. Miguel & Future) – Jhené Aiko

Screenshot of Jhené Aiko “Happiness Over Everything (H.O.E) Music Video

Jhené Aiko came in full force this new music Friday. Jhené announced a new song, new album, and tour. The new song “Happiness Over Everything (H.O.E.)” features Miguel and Future and is about meeting someone, clicking with them, and letting your guard down to inform them of your intentions. The new album, “Chilombo,” will have features from Swae Lee, Nas, Big Sean, and more.

The tour titled “The Magic Hour Tour” with Queen Naija & Ann Marie will kick off in Boston on May 1 and wrap up on June 27 at the Saint Kitts festival. Unfortunately, Jhené will not be making a stop in San Diego. The nearest show would be in Los Angeles at The Greek Theatre, June 1.

Ticket sales for the L.A. show begin Friday, March 6 at 10 AM here. Check out the video for “Happiness Over Everything H.O.E.” above, stream the song on all streaming services, and check out the full tour date list below.

Screenshot of Tour Schedule from Jhené Aiko Instagram @jheneaiko

More New Music from February 28

Live Off My Closet” (feat. Future) – Lil Baby

not ur friend” – Jeremy Zucker

Rojo” – J. Balvin

God Whispered Your Name” – Keith Urban

Where Am I At” – MAX

Locket” – Lila Drew

Baby Girl” – Bryce Vine

That’s your New Music Friday update for the week. What music new music do you have on repeat Weekend? Let me know by checking in on social media, @mikestarkca on Twitter and Instagram.

Written by: Mike Stark

Taylor Swift Takes on Toxic Masculinity in “The Man” Music Video

Taylor Swift is the man, no seriously, she’s the man. Thursday, February 27, 2020, Taylor Swift released her music video for her song “The Man.” In just fifteen hours, the music video already has 7.9 million views on YouTube.

After a month of teasing the upcoming music video, it has finally arrived. Taylor transforms into Tyler Swift, her male ego, to bring her feminist anthem “The Man” from her “Lover” album to life.  Taylor did not hold anything back when it comes to addressing the issue of sexism, double standard the women face out in our society, and toxic masculinity. The main character in the video gets to do whatever, whenever, he wants.

Tweet Screen from @taylorswift13 on Twitter teasing “The Man” music video

In addition to swift performance, we also find hidden clues throughout the video. At the beginning of the music video, we see Taylor (Tyler) manspreading, smoking and flicking cigar ashes in a woman purse on a crowded subway while not having a care in the world.

Screenshot from Taylor Swift Music Video “The Man”

Once off the subway car, we see Swift proceed to urinate on a subway wall because she’s a man and can do that. The first set of clues is the wall. We recognize all of Taylor’s Previous album names graffiti on the subway station wall along with a sign that reads “Missing If Found Return to Taylor.” For those of you who don’t know, back in June 2019, that former CEO Scott Borchetts of Big Machine records sold Taylor entire music catalog to Scotter Braun. Swift was upset at this and made it known publicly.

The drama continued when Swift was recognized for Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards in November 2019. She was planning on signing her hits but blocked by Big Machine records. However, she eventually sang her hits and opened with “The Man”.

Swift didn’t stop there in this scene. We see more shade thrown, as there is a sign that reads, “No scoters allowed” aiming at Scooter Braun; someone Taylor continues to have a public feud with on social media. The final clue present is in the poster for “Mr.Americana,” which is a change from the singers Netflix documentary Miss Americana.

The next scene cuts to Tyler Swift, the businessman taking a call on an expensive yacht surrounded by women. Sound familiar? Well, this is something similar to the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and to reinforce this is the lyric “I’d be just like Leo in Saint-Tropez.” Referring to Leonardo DiCaprio taking women on extravagant vacations.

Screenshot from boating scene of Taylor Swift “The Man” music video

Up next, we see Tyler running down a hall of 19 hands. What could this possibly mean 19 hands? Well, The video, released on February 27, which is an essential day in history. The Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment back on February 27, 1922, the voting right for women. Earlier this week Taylor hinted this by tweeting “There are 19 hands in the hallway…but only two days until The Man Music Video.”

Hallways of 19 Hands screenshot from Taylor Swift “The Man” music video

Now we are at the park; we see the man wanting to get validation for being a good father from others around him. When his daughter is sitting there, and the father starts petting his daughter like an animal.

For the final scene, at a tennis court where Tyler Swift gets into a confrontation with the tennis umpire. Spoiler alert, the ref in that chair, is Scott Swift, Taylor’s father. AND there is more, the male voice arguing with Taylor dad is the one and only Dwyane The Rock Johnson, which leads us into the credits. While the credits are rolling, we see all the makeup put on Taylor to transform her into “The Man.” 

Screenshot of Tennis Court scene from Taylor Swift “The Man” music video

You can stream the album “Lover” on all streaming services and watch the music video for “The Man” here.

Written By: Mike Stark

Mike on the Mic with Go Green Save Green

Environmental Instagram (IG) educator Go Green Save Green from Los Angeles, California, joins KCR’s Mike Stark LIVE in the KCR studio. To discuss the Climate Crisis, Recycling, what college students and others can do to help reduce the climate crisis, and greenwashing.

We kicked off our conversation with Ariel Maldonado; who runs Go Green Save Green. The first topic is the beginning. Why start the account? How’s the account different from other environmental awareness accounts?

Ariel shared with us that she was procrastinating for finals. It was 11:00 pm and feeling stressed about the climate crisis. She was discussing the problem with her friends and felt people were not listening. She decided to create an Instagram account to share information about the issue. Content on the account isn’t headlines. She publishes entire articles, relatable memes, infographics, cartoons, and more. No prior knowledge is needed to understand the account. Anyone and everyone can jump right in.

Ariel shared throughout the interview, which you can listen in its entirety here. Tips about how we can make small lifestyle changes at home and school that can go a long way to help the environment. These small lifestyle changes will not make you feel overwhelmed or add to your already busy schedule. She warned us to be mindful of companies that use greenwashing to take advantage of the climate crisis.

Screenshot of a picture of GoGreenSaveGreen founder, Ariel Maldonado, boyfriend Martin Hernandez, and KCR’s Mike Stark. | Screenshot taken from @GoGreenSaveGreen Instagram

In concluding our interview; ariel’s hope is that people can leave the account feeling more educated. There are a ton of resources on the account at your disposal to use; like a ethical shopping site. To purchase earth-friendly products; at a low price. You can follow Ariel’s Go Green Save Green account on Instagram @GoGreenSaveGreen.

Full Interview with Go Green Save Green on SoundCloud. Audio provided by Mike Stark.
Written By: Mike Stark

New Music Friday with Mike – February 21

New Releases this “New Music Friday” come from The Weekend, Selena Gomez, B.T.S., Lauv, Ozzy Osbourne, and more.

Happy Friday, everybody! We have made it through another week, and you know what that means. It’s time for some new music. We had some excellent music released from all of your favorites and even a classic artist, so let’s get started. 

The Weekend – After Hours

 In addition to releasing his new track, “After Hours.” The Weekend has announced a new album is on the way and will be here sooner than you think. The new album, titled “After Hours.” will be available on Mar 20. Fun fact: The release day for “After Hours” is precisely one day before the ninth anniversary of The Weekend’s first album “House of Balloons”. You can stream the song “After Hours” on all streaming services now. But wait, I’m not done yet.

On top of the album announcement, The Weekend announced yesterday he’s going on Tour for this album with Sabrina Claudio and Don Toliver. “The After Hours North America Tour” begins Jun 11 in Vancouver, BC, and wraps Sept 3 in New York. Good news, The Weekend will be making a stop in San Diego at the Pechanga Arena on Aug 3. Tickets for the San Diego show go on sale on Feb 28 at 10:00 am. You can purchase tickets for the San Diego show here, along with viewing more details.

Screenshot of The Weekend "After Hours" | Audio. Image has link that redirects to The Weekend official channel with audio of the song "After Hours"
Screenshot of The Weekend “After Hours” | Audio

Selena Gomez – Feel Me

Selena Gomez continues to feed us with new music, and you know what? I’m not mad at it. We received her latest album “Rare” last month and now “Feel Me.” This song was first introduced to us back in 2016 during her Revival Tour. However, no official recorded version was ever released since she performed the song live. The “Selenators” have been hungry for an official release. Selena tweeted, “…So you asked, and I listened. Today, ‘Feel Me’ is out online and vinyl everywhere.” You can stream “Feel Me” on all music streaming platforms.

Screenshot of Tweet from Selena Gomez on February 20, 2020, releasing “Feel Me”

BTS – Map of the Soul: 7

K-Pop group BTS has officially dropped their highly anticipated album “Map of the Soul: 7.” This album is a follow up to Map of the Soul: Persona, which was released last year. This album is unique because it includes three new songs, which brings the track total to 20, well-known artist Sia is featured, and this album celebrates seven years of BTS. Big Hit Entertainment, the record label for BTS reported pre-orders surpassed 3.42 million stock Jan 9 – Jan 15. BTS Fans, known as the “BTS Army” are one loyal fan base, and I respect that. You can stream BTS’s “Map of the Soul: 7” on streaming services now.

Lauv – “Modern Loneliness”

The release of “Modern Loneliness” makes this Lauv tenth pre-released single before his album “~how i’m feeling~” and this song hit home for me. The track discusses today’s way of being lonely, even though we are surrounded continuously by friends. I don’t want to give too much away because everyone should listen to this song, but my favorite line is “Love my friends to death, but I never call, and I never text ’em.” We’ve all been there before at some point in our lives. My challenge to you this weekend is to reflect and ask yourself, why don’t I call or text my friends when I claim to love them and then reach out them.

Ozzy Osbourne – Ordinary Man

A classic in the Rock world, Mr. Ozzy Osbourne has released a new album, Ordinary Man, the first studio album from Ozzy released in about ten years. His most recent release was “scream” back in June 2010. Ozzy has had a rough year. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease back in February 2019 and has now had to cancel his tour due to his health. The album discusses Ozzy’s struggle of drug abuse but turns to the lighter side of maturing and redeeming himself, along with aging. Features on the new album include Slash from Guns N Roses, Elton John, and Post Malone. Ordinary Man is on all streaming apps now.

Screenshot of Ozzy Osbourne Tweeting the release of his New Album “Ordinary Man” on February 21, 2020.

More New Music from February 20

The Birthday Party” – The 1975

Old Me” – 5 Seconds of Summer

Bad Decisions” – The Strokes

Here and Now” Kenney Chesney 

Susie Save Your Love” – Allie X & Mitski

The Wire” – Patrick Droney

Can You Hear Me?” (feat. T-Pain) – Omarion 

That’s your New Music Friday update for the week. What music new music are you enjoying this Weekend? Let me know by touching base with me on social media, @mikestarkca on Twitter and Instagram. I’ll see you next week with another New Music Friday update.

Written By: Mike Stark